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Broome Community College president says budget will "cut bone"

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The king bee of Broome Community College is stinging mad (Go Hornets! is what I'm trying to say).

Yesterday Binghamton University said it wouldn't sweat the governor's budget cuts, and would instead work to prevent laying off faculty.

Today Broome Community College is sweating it. Press & Sun-Bulletin's Debbie Swartz reports that BCC's president says the cuts in Cuomo's proposed budget would cut "into the bone:"

It's the second time [President Kevin] Drumm has issued a letter to the campus to decry proposed budget cuts. A December letter was aimed at then-governor David Paterson, who recommended a 2 percent cut to community colleges. A preliminary budget for 2012 was in the works at BCC when the newest cut was announced. Previously, BCC planned to fill "absolutely critical positions," but keep most of the 26 current faculty and staff positions open, use $2 million from reserves and raise tuition 5 percent. Now, with the new budget cuts recommended by Cuomo, BCC will look for another $1.3 million, Drumm wrote in the letter. "We cannot raise tuition enough to cover the difference," he said.

Cancer gift
A cancer survivor, moved by the struggle of a four-year-old cancer patient undergoing treatment alongside him, has given the the University of Rochester Medical Center $1.5 million.  Chris Swingle of the Democrat and Chronicle reports:

"I'm alive today because of research and how medicine has advanced," said [survivor Richard] Bell. "Maybe 10 years from now, they'll save a little girl like that." Bell, a father of three, is the founder of North Central Mechanical Co., based in Victor, which does large plumbing and heating projects. Selling part of the company allowed him to make the donation, which establishes an endowed radiation oncology professorship in his name. The gift will support research in clinical cancer and radiation oncology and help retain and recruit new faculty to strengthen the department, according to URMC.

University at Buffalo
Yesterday SUNY's student assembly announced that it was disturbed that there was NOT a tuition hike in the governor's budget, saying without one, programs will suffer.  Today Amanda Jonas at the Spectrum has the take from non-politician students:

...[University at Buffalo] students like Renée Groetz, a freshman nursing major, feel that it is unfair for Gondar and the Student Assembly to tell the governor that all of SUNY is in favor of tuition increases. "Tuition should stay as it is; it's high enough already," Groetz said. "I don't think that [the Student Assembly] should say that everyone does [want a tuition increase], because that is probably not true. I feel like all SUNY students should have had a vote, not just the Assembly." Liz Connors, a freshman communication major, also disagrees with the Assembly's message to the governor. "[Tuition] is so much money already," Connors said. "The Student Assembly does not represent the opinion of all of SUNY. There are so many students just here [at UB] that I'm sure would totally disagree with raising tuition."

Meanwhile the University at Buffalo has resolved a patent dispute with two scientific instrument makers.  Alissa Kline at Buffalo Business First reports:

The Research Foundation of SUNY, on behalf of UB, filed the lawsuit Jan. 21, 2009 against codefendants Bruker Corp. and Varian Inc., two scientific instrumentation companies with global operations. The codefendants were charged with infringing a Research Foundation-owned U.S. patent that enables faster nuclear magnetic resonance experiments involved in drug development. The technology was developed in 2002 by UN researchers Thomas Szyperski, a chemistry professor, and post-doctoral researchers Seho Kim and Hanudatta Atreya, UB said.

The terms of the deal haven't been released.

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